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Triple Lemon Bundt Cake With Lemon Syrup, Lemon Glaze & Lemon Sugar

This to-die-for triple lemon bundt cake recipe features luscious lemon butter cake infused with lemon syrup, drizzled with a lemon glaze and topped off with a sprinkling of lemon sugar! A HEAVENLY bundt cake recipe.

close up shot of triple lemon bundt cake

In my opinion, bundt cakes are highly underrated… I mean, not only are they insanely easy to make, but the many gorgeous pans make your cake look spectacular all on its own. Meaning you can forgo the frosting altogether — naked cakes are totally in these days!

But you can also dress them up even more with glazes, sprinkles, infused sugars and more. And that’s always fun, too!

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Nordic Ware Heritage bundt cake pan

If you’re a bundt cake novice, I recommend starting with a classic bundt cake pan and carefully reading the tips I’ve provided at the end of this post. After you’ve figured out the ins and outs to releasing bundt cakes easily, you can move on to the more intricate pans. They can be tricky, and you have to be even more careful to grease them well. But the tradeoff is worth it for the beautiful designs!

For the lemon bundt cake pictured in this post, I used this heritage bundt cake pan, but I’ve got my eye on this adorable jubilee bundt cake pan as my next purchase. I could seriously get a little crazy with collecting ALL the bundt cake pans…

naked lemon bundt cake on a wire cooling rack

Just about any cake recipe can be adapted to be baked in a bundt pan. But if you’re searching for a truly fabulous recipe to try your pan out, this lemon bundt cake is IT! With its tender crumb, moist texture, and bright, tangy lemon flavor, it’s the cake that everyone will be asking you to make again and again.

My kids ask me to make it ALL the time — birthdays, holidays, Sunday dinners, and for no special reason at all! It’s just THAT good…

lemon bundt cake drizzled with lemon glaze and sprinkled with lemon zest

How to Make A Triple Lemon Bundt Cake

So I know I said that bundt cakes don’t really need any adornment — and I stand by that. Typically I just give them a dusting of powdered sugar and call it good. But I couldn’t resist adding a drizzle of lemon glaze and a sprinkling of lemon sugar on top of this bundt cake. However, you can easily skip them both and still wow your guests. The real star of the show is the luscious lemon butter cake, which is infused with a bit of lemon syrup after baking.

Right now I bet you’re thinking, “Infused with lemon syrup? Come on, Tara — that sounds kind of difficult…” But, really, I promise it’s a LOT less time intensive than it sounds, and I think you’ll adore the results!

A couple of quick notes:

1| If you want to make this cake as pictured, I recommend preparing the lemon syrup while your cake is baking. Then prepare both the lemon glaze and lemon sugar while it’s cooling.

2| You’ll need a total of four fresh lemons (preferably organic, since we’re using the zest) that you’ve scrubbed clean. The zest from three of the lemons will go into the cake batter, and the zest from the remaining lemon will be used in the lemon sugar.

preparing lemon syrup on the stovetop with a whisk

How To Make Lemon Syrup

The lemon syrup is basically just a simple syrup, substituting lemon juice for the water. Mix together the juice of three fresh lemons (about 1/2 cup) with 1/2 cup of granulated sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly, until the syrup has reduced by half. Allow it to cool.

making lemon glaze in a measuring cup using a fork to stir

How To Make Lemon Glaze

Fresh lemon juice adds a bit of tang to a simple glaze made with confectioner’s sugar. Mix together 3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar and one tablespoon of fresh lemon juice. Slowly add additional lemon juice, about one teaspoon at a time, until the glaze reaches a thick but pourable consistency.

making lemon sugar by stirring together lemon zest and granulated sugar with a fork

How To Make Lemon Sugar

Mix together the remaining zest of one lemon and about one tablespoon of granulate sugar with a fork. Let it sit for a few minutes to infuse.

triple lemon bundt cake drizzled with lemon glazed and sprinkled with lemon zest infused sugar

As I mentioned, you don’t need to do all three (although I HIGHLY recommend it!), but if you’re pressed for time or just feeling a little lazy, which I totally get, PLEASE just do the lemon syrup. Totally. worth. it.

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lemon butter cake infused with lemon syrup drizzled with lemon glaze and sprinkled with lemon sugar

Triple Lemon Bundt Cake

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

This to-die-for triple lemon bundt cake recipe features luscious lemon butter cake infused with lemon syrup, drizzled with a lemon glaze and topped off with a sprinkling of lemon sugar! A HEAVENLY bundt cake recipe.

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cubed + more for pan
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour + more for pan
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • zest of 3 lemons (reserve zested lemons for syrup)

For the lemon syrup:

  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

For the lemon glaze (optional):

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice + 1 teaspoon-ish
  • 3/4 cup confectioner's sugar

For the lemon sugar (optional):

  • zest of one lemon
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Instructions

For the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a bundt cake pan.
  2. Using a stand mixer or electric mixer, beat the butter, sugar and salt together on high until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl after adding the last egg, to ensure everything is mixed well.
  4. Add the baking powder and continue to beat on medium. Alternate adding a heaping 1/2 cup of the flour with 1/4 cup of the milk, finishing with the remaining flour. Scrape the sides of the bowl and beat on low to ensure everything is mixed well. Fold in the zest of three lemons.
  5. Spoon the batter into the prepared bundt pan until 3/4 full, taking care not to create any air pockets. Tap the pan on the countertop a few times, and smooth the top of the batter with a spatula.
  6. Bake the cake at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes, or until a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

For the lemon syrup:

  1. While the cake is baking, prepare the lemon syrup by boiling the lemon juice and sugar over medium heat, whisking constantly, until the syrup has reduced by half. Allow it to cool.
  2. After the cake is done baking, poke holes in the top of the cake with a skewer or fork, taking care not to hit the bottom of the pan. Slowly pour the cooled lemon syrup over the top.
  3. Allow the cake to cool for 15 minutes. This is a good time to prepare the lemon glaze and lemon sugar, if desired.
  4. Place a cooling rack on top of the bundt pan, and flip it over to remove the cake. Allow the cake to cool completely before glazing.

For the lemon glaze (optional):

  1. Mix together the confectioner's sugar and one tablespoon of fresh lemon juice. Slowly add additional lemon juice, about one teaspoon total, until the glaze reaches a thick but pourable consistency.
  2. Slowly drizzle the lemon glaze over the top of the cooled cake.

For the lemon sugar (optional):

  1. Mix together the remaining zest of one lemon and about one tablespoon of granulated sugar with a fork. Let it sit for a few minutes to infuse.
  2. Sprinkle over the top of the cake immediately after glazing.

Notes

To make the cake as shown in the post, you'll need a total of fresh lemons (preferably organic, since we’re using the zest).

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Nordic Ware Heritage bundt cake pan greased and floured

Tips for Baking A Beautiful Bundt Cake

If you want gorgeous, well-formed bundt cakes that slide right out of the pan, I’ve got everything you need to know. You’ll be baking gorgeous bundt cakes in no time!

1| Prepare your pan properly. Taking care to prepare the bundt pan well will ensure that your cake release from the pan easily. Grease with butter or shortening, making sure to get into all of the crevices (a pastry brush will help), and then dust with flour or cocoa powder, depending on the type of bundt cake. If you prefer, you can instead spray the bundt cake pan well with a product like Baker’s Joy.

2| Fill the pan to the proper level and without air bubbles. Mixes and recipes can vary, so fill your bundt cake pan to no more than 3/4 of the way full to avoid overflow. Air pockets in your batter can leave holes in your finished cake. Spooning your batter into the pan will help prevent these from forming. Also, tap the pan gently on your countertop after filling to help release any that may have formed, and then use a spatula to even out the surface of the batter.

3| Bake your cake just until done. Place the filled bundt pan on a rimmed cookie sheet for baking. This helps to ensure that the pan is sitting level, as well as to catch any excess batter should your cake overflow. I recommend using an oven thermometer to calibrate the actual temperature of your oven versus the temperature you’ve set it to. Over baking can make it difficult to remove your cake from the pan, so start testing your bundt cake for doneness about 8-10 minutes before the time stated in your recipe with a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake. As soon as the toothpick comes out clean, it’s time to remove your cake.

4| Removing your bundt cake from the pan. Remove the bundt cake from the oven to a wire cooling rack and allow it to cool for 15 minutes. After cooling, tap the cake pan on the countertop and shake it gently to help it release. Then place a wire cooling rack on top of the cake pan, and flip the whole thing over. If you prepared your pan well, it should release easily from the pan, and you can now allow your cake to cool thoroughly before glazing.

See, it’s really not so hard. I think we should declare bundt cakes the new cupcake… So much less prep and mess, especially when you forgo the glaze or frosting!

I’d love to see your bundt cakes… Tag me @Unsophisticook on Instagram or use the hashtag #Unsophisticook so I can check them out. Enjoy!

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KC

Friday 4th of January 2019

I love my heritage bundt pan, but I'm having some issues. Many times the ridges on the cake become too hard, right after baking. Any reason this could happen? I follow the recipe religiously.

Tara Kuczykowski

Sunday 6th of January 2019

Hi KC! The very edges of mine do get a little "crispy, but not the whole ridge. If you don't have one already, I'd recommend picking up an oven thermometer to make sure you oven is properly calibrated. I'd also recommend paying very close attention to how done your cake is in the last few minutes of baking (see tip #3 above).

Samina

Wednesday 9th of March 2016

That cake looks so very spring-ish & delicious. I'm printing the recipe right now. By the way, I never realized that there were so many bundt pan versions. I've got the old basic, but I'm really digging that Jubilee version.

Tara @ Unsophisticook

Wednesday 9th of March 2016

Right? I could get a little crazy ordering pans -- I want them ALL! Hope you love it, too, Samina! I know we're all looking forward to another slice after dinner tonight. :)

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